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The Phantom Father (2011)
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American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Robert Traum
Barry Gifford ...
Jack
Mihaela Sirbu ...
Tanya
Valer Delakeza ...
Sami
Mihai Constantin ...
Mayor Codrescu
Mimi Branescu ...
Alex
Victor Rebengiuc ...
Uncle Petre
Mariana Mihut ...
Aunt Florica
Iosif Pastina ...
small Robert
Nicodim Ungureanu ...
Hotel Receptionist
Vitalie Bantas ...
Vitali
Marcel Cobzariu ...
Vladimir (as Marcello Cobzariu)
Mirela Oprisor ...
Woman from Italy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrei Araditz ...
Codrescu Sr.
Adriana Butoi ...
Sara Traum
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American professor Robert Traum embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive that can tell him anything about his Romanian Jewish descent. His symbolic journey is filled with danger, the unknown and the surreal, but finally rewarded with a double love: on the one hand he finds romantic love, on the other the passion for old cinema, nomad, popular, naive and generous. Written by Lucian Georgescu

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For actress Mariana Mihut, The Phantom Father represents a return to Romanian cinema after an absence of almost 20 years. Her last film before The Phantom Father had been "Cel Mai Iubit Dintre Pamanteni", in 1993. See more »

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Sami: I still believe in happy endings and I dream of the day when you will show up and tell me "I'm Robert Traum". What a beautiful dream!
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Excellent mixture of realism and fantasy. And humor.
27 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie in Chicago and... well... I loved it! It may be the tender, discrete love story, or the cheerful "on the road" adventure. Or the landscape, or the mixture of sadness and joy, I am not sure what it was but I did like it.

The movie has elements of realism and surrealism, minimalism and maximalism (just kidding...) and above all subtle character relations and warm humor. It was refreshing to get a more luminous view of Romania after "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu". This movie is more like "The Life of Mr. Lazarescu".

The acting was good, superb at times (the bus scene, the hotel room scenes, the countryside visits) and rarely sketchy(some City Hall and caravan scenes). Outstanding directing and solid screenplay. Loved the music too.

All in all a very pleasant experience for an open minded viewer. Don't expect a documentary about the hardships of contemporary Romania. You can watch TV for that. Instead, let yourself dream and play along. And towards the end, take a look at your girlfriend...


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